Armory week preview
Post #1151 • April 2, 2008, 11:40 AM • 19 Comments
I returned from New York City with a head cold and a thrown-out back, and I have to somehow make it down to teach class today, so Armory week reportage must wait a bit. I do want to mention, though, that excepting my excellent company at the fairs, the high point of the trip was Courbet at the Met and the show at the Asia Society. Art fair art that might have unleashed a torrent of low regard from my typing fingers at one time simply bounced off of the glow that welled up from my psyche upon seeing Courbet and Utagawa. The Armory, in particular, was like attending a family reunion of someone else's family, watching their little rituals without feeling inclined to take part. Over the weekend I heard from my friends at the Aegean Center, where I have spent many happy hours on the island that plied the Greek Empire with the most beautiful carving marble ever to come out of the earth. I looked over the cubicled tchotchkes in New York and thought, oh, if only you knew what art could be.